This little gem is called Tumiki Fighters. On the surface, the game looks simple and relatively lame. However, this game is another one of those freeware downloads on the net. With that being said,
the game is actually very good. This game is brought to you by a good fellow named Kenta Cho...perhaps you have heard of him? If you have played other freeware games like "Torus Trooper", "Gunroar", or "Titanion", then you have been playing games from Kenta Cho. ABA Games has numerous freeware games for multiple platforms including Windows, Java 3D, and BulletML. Hell, ABA Games even has a couple of games for the "Wonder Witch", a development kit for the Bandai WonderSwan! That's some basic information about ABA Games and Kenta Cho...as for Tumiki Fighters, I should tell you right now that the game has no real plot. You basically just destroy as much stuff as you can to finish the game with the highest score.
The graphics are simple, yet wonderfully crisp and ultra smooth. As you may see (assuming you can see the images below) everything is comprised of simple blocks.
Why? The theme of the game is "Cool Toys" and they're on a mission! *cough* Anyway, The animation is very good for the things that do animate. Bosses are big like bosses should be. The backgrounds are simple and there isn't too much going on, but I can't complain since the game runs at 60 FPS (frames per second). The speed and intensity of all of the crazy looking abominations that you will face and the on-screen action makes me lose focus of just how simple the actual stage itself looks. The sound effects are very good for the theme of the game and the game sports interesting and enjoyable BGMs. The rhythm is unique and the style suits the game very well. The music should be suitable for your tastes if you don't like what you may see graphically speaking.
The gameplay is very simple and addictive. You start out as a tiny ship who can grab other pieces of ships to become stronger. Kinda reminds me of Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 for Sega 32X for some strange
reason...only TF seems more enjoyable to me. To grab pieces, you must attack the enemy until their ship (or pieces of their ship) start to fall to the bottom of the screen then swoop over and grab what falls. You can
make some crazy looking ships from the debris of the enemies (As shown below).
Besides exponentially increasing your firepower, the pieces you collect act as shields to protect your ship. If an enemy destroys your collected debris, you must collect more. If the main ship underneath all the debris gets hit, you lose...even if you still have pieces that weren't destroyed. For instance, if you have a piece of a house on the front of your ship and you get shot from behind, you still lose. Each piece of enemy ship you catch gives you extra points at regular intervals. All in all, TF wins at being a fun little diversion and well worth the download.- Written by Vyse the determined -